Vegas, baby!!!!! LOL! I love traveling! I want to go everywhere twice! So this trip to Vegas was a great gift, because though I had travelled to the United States for EntreLeadership, and had planned to visit a friend in Los Angeles, I did not plan to go to Vegas. BUT, hubby and I got to LA, and our friend, who is absolutely fantastic, blesses us with an all expenses paid 2 day vacation to Vegas. He said he knew it was not my kind of place, me being a “small town Christian gal and all” but that it had to be experienced at least once! I was touched by his kindness and made up my mind to enjoy the gift.
He was right! I did not like Vegas. However, I am “woman” enough to admit that this may be a result of how I experienced it. Next time I go, I’ll find someone who lives or has lived in Vegas to tell me where to go and what to do. So why didn’t I like it? Its called the sin-city for goodness sake! The open gambling, the scantily clad ladies at every table, the endless glitz and the open consumption of marijuana… I guess it was a little too much for me. But, I am convinced there is another side to Vegas, after all, families live there, there are doctors, managers of all the businesses I saw and all, so next time I go, I’ll be seeing that side of it, parks, places where people live, community and “real life”… I think coming from very beautiful, very natural, very peaceful Nashville to Las Vegas may not have helped, Nashville is my kind of place, beautiful, quite, landmarks with history, in Nashville, I immediately met families, the cab company I used was owned by a father, his daughter drove one of the limo’s… at the Marriot, it was beautiful and friendly… I ramble but all of that appealed to me, juxtaposing it with Vegas, the lights, the noise (even in the cabs video adverts played through out on the screen, telling you all the shows that went on at the different hotels), there didn’t seem to be a quiet moment to be had there.
Having said that though, you cannot help but respect the work and investment that it has taken to make Las Vegas what it is. From desert to one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says 39.6 million people visited Las Vegas in 2013 (www.lvcva.com). The level of entertainment that is available in Vegas is phenomenal, so also is the revenue that is generated in Vegas every weekend! In 2013, revenue on the Vegas strip was about $6.5 Billion! 6.5 Billion United States Dollars! So, I went, I saw, I took pictures and I’m sharing!
When I discovered Bellagio, I was already on my way out… It would have been a great place to explore as it has a conservatory, gardens, a gallery of fine arts and the dancing fountains like in Dubai! It is on top of my list for my next visit. I did spend a lot of time at a certain store at the Bellagio though, see below!
I hope you enjoyed the photos. If you have been to Vegas and enjoyed it, please share why, perhaps you can do a guest blog and tell the Vegas story from your own perspective. If you also have been and done the less glitzy things, seen residential areas, experienced life there not as a tourist, I would love to hear from you.
Ciao! Be awesome this week. Let excellence be the hallmark of everything you do. And please, pray for Nigeria.